TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 11, 1991
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas re-appeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a “high-tech lynching.”
ALSO ON THIS DATE
Just over three years after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition ended, Meriwether Lewis was found dead in a Tennessee inn, an apparent suicide; he was 35.
American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City.
Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.
The lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.
Actor-comedian Leonard “Chico” Marx, 74, died in Hollywood, Calif.
Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council, also known as “Vatican 2.”
Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard. The government of Panama was overthrown in a military coup.
The last full-fledged handcranked telephone system in the United States went out of service as 440telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial service.